Topics: Traumatic brain injury, Muhammad Ali, Boxing Pages: 6 (2247 words) Published: February 5, 2013
Why Boxing Should Be Banned
What does the United States need to do in order to prevent these tragic deaths caused by boxing? There has been a continuous debate throughout the world on whether or not boxing should be banned. Some people have argued that boxing should be banned because of the horrific results from the fatal blows in the head that can lead to fatalities as well as serious brain injuries that appear later on to the boxer’s life. According to The Washington Post, since the year of 2002, 361 amateur and professional boxers have died from boxing related injuries (“Boxing-Related Deaths: [Final Edition]”). On November 20, 2009 a devastating event occurred. According to The New York Times, after a 10 round close boxing match, Francisco Rodriguez took a critical punch to his head, knocking him down to the ground and out of the match with a serious head injury. Rodriguez was knocked out of conscious and the ambulance came barreling through the crowd and leaving his brother, wife and child scared to death. Four hours later, with his brother by his side in the hospital, the doctors pronounced Francisco Rodriguez dead from a brain injury caused by the punch, leaving his wife a widow and his kid without a dad. After his preventable death they were able to determine that he suffered from a brain hemorrhage (“Despite Brutality and Death, Boxing Retains Its Allure”). It is imperative that the United States bans boxing so we can stop all of these preventable deaths and long-term injuries that the participants receive. Boxing is a sport that generally involves two participants within similar weight range who fight each other using their hands. It is regulated nowadays with a certain amount of minutes per interval or round. They have also improved the restrictions with protective gear, such as improving the padded gloves to reduce injury that the regulations now require all boxers to wear when they fight. The winner is determined by a knockout or by the judges’ scores. In Brenda and K. Lee Lerner’s book, Boxing, Corner Men, she states that “boxing is an intensely individual sport; the actual battle is waged by the fighter alone” (103). In boxing, it is every man for himself. Even though we have all these rules, regulations, and protective gear that we have added and changed in boxing, we still to this day have people dying and suffering from these preventable injuries. In the year of 2012 Dr. Charles Bernick, a CTE researcher at the Cleveland Clinic, did a research on 78 boxers brains that have died in past years. It turns out that all of them had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can only be diagnosed through autopsy after death. The symptoms of CTE are similar to Alzheimer and includes memory loss, aggression, and difficulty thinking. Sadly, a total of 62 of those boxers were proven that they died from CTE and they could have all been prevented if boxing was banned (Jaslow). A number of boxers such as Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and others have suffered from brain deficiencies due to the injuries that occurred to their head from boxing. According to ESPN Roy Flatter, Sugar Ray Robinson died on April 12, 1989 at the age of 68 suffering from Alzheimer's disease caused from the repeated number of punches that he received to the head from boxing. Another famous boxer that has been suffering from a brain disease for 28 years and counting is Muhammad Ali. ESPN Larry Schwartz stated “the man who bragged about his ability to ‘float like a butterfly and sting like a bee’ went from being a curious oddity in the early 1960s to a national villain to an international hero. And now, his body limited by Parkinson's disease, he reigns as one of the most beloved men on the planet and unfortunately, all the punches he suffered had taken an effect” (qtd. in Schwartz). Because of all the repeated blows to Muhammad Ali’s head from his years of boxing, he found out in 1984 that he had Parkinson's disease which is a neurological...
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